Dr Jason Geijskes
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
Plant improvement, biofortification, biotechnology, transformation, virology
Plant Biology, Horticultural Production, Microbiology
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Philosphy (Queensland University of Technology)
Dr Jason Geijskes joined the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at QUT in 2005 after almost 10 years of research in sugarcane biotechnology at BSES Limited. During his time at BSES Limited Jason obtained his PhD (QUT) for the characterisation of sugarcane bacilliform badnavirus, a newly discovered pathogen of sugarcane. Subsequent research activities were focused on sugarcane improvement and produced transgenic sugarcane for pest and disease resistance and high value biomaterials. He was also co–inventor of SmartSett®, a sugarcane tissue culture system developed to produce large numbers of sugarcane plantlets directly and rapidly from immature leaf material.
Jason has brought significant experience in molecular biology, plant tissue culture and transformation to the group. Since joining The Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, his research has contributed to projects for biofortification of bananas for Africa funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and improved gene expression systems for sugarcane funded by the CRC for Sugarcane Industry Innovation through Biotechnology. Currently employed by Syngenta as Team Leader for Sugarcane Transformation within the Syngenta Centre for Sugarcane Biofuels Development at QUT, this collaborative research program seeks to efficiently utilise sugarcane waste as a biofuel feedstock. In addition to his research work, Jason is also involved with undergraduate students through lectures in plant biotechnology and plant virology and at the postgraduate level by co-supervising four PhD students in various aspects of plant improvement.